December 2, 2010 Subject:
Aged as badly as Claude Rains himself
According to Video-Cellar, the US Version was registered for copyright in 1987. USCO says:
Battle of the worlds / an Ultra Film production ; directed by Anthony Dawson.
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PAu001073719 / 1987-11-25
Title: Battle of the worlds / an Ultra Film production ; directed by Anthony Dawson.
Description: 2 videocassettes : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Language: Dubbed into English.
Copyright Claimant: U P A Productions of America
Date of Creation: 1987
Authorship on Application: U P A Productions of America, employer for hire.
Previous Registration: Preexisting material: motion picture.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: "new narration, editing, and some new cinematography."
Names: Dawson, Anthony
UPA Productions of America
Looks like it might not be PD, although it's easily procured online.
November 4, 2010 Subject:
Dubbed '60s Italian Sci-Fi
This is an Italian production from 1961. Every Italian movie that I've seen from the 1950s and '60s, whether an adventure based on history or legend, or as in this case, a sci-fi story, has left me unsatisfied. They always lack cohesion. The direction and editing invariably is confused or jarring. Often though, these movies are funny-bad. The only parts of this movie that had me laughing under my breath were the science parts, but I always find those funny in 1950s and '60s horror and sci-fi movies.
The best part of this movie was Claude Rains' fine performance. I'm pleased that the English language parts weren't overdubbed. That would have ruined it. The outer space special effects for the rockets were pretty good for the era.
I downloaded the 900MB AVI file. The color was harsh, and about halfway through I tried shifting to black & white, which looked much better. I also found that lowering the brightness just a bit made the color much, much better, and I settled on that. Otherwise the video and audio were fine. There really is no need for an intermission in such a short movie.